Overview Located on Australia’s southwest coast, Warrnambool, Victoria offers a wealth of activities. Perfect for families or travelers on a budget, here are five great ways to experience Warrnambool.
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village An affordable day trip, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village immerses visitors in a historical Victorian port town. Reproduced to be period-accurate, Flagstaff Hill houses a shipwreck museum that shines a light on Australian maritime history. Speaking of lights, Flagstaff Hill is home to several lighthouses worth visiting. Filled with old-timey attractions, notably a blacksmith shop, Flagstaff Hill offers the sort of immersive tourist experience one associates with historic villages. A daily multimedia show, “Shipwrecked,” reinforces the maritime culture of Flagstaff Hill.
Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground A perfect car hire opportunity , Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground is a nearby, free attraction that offers fun and relaxation. A good stop for a few hours or an afternoon, there are several playgrounds for kids to explore. Throughout, wetlands offer scenic views as well as opportunities to bird watch. With sheltered areas to barbeque, Lake Pertobe is a great location to picnic. A few paid activities, like paddle boats and miniature golf, give families additional ways to enjoy the lake and its surroundings.
Bay of Islands Scenic views abound at Bay of Islands. Join a boat cruise and travel to Hole in the Rock. Sailing through the hole in a large rock is a unique opportunity. During the cruise to Hole in the Rock, be on the lookout for pods of dolphins and fish of all sorts. The views of rocks, seen both from cruises and from the shore, are colorful and make for great photos. The coastal lookouts near the bay are less crowded than many coastal areas, making Bay of Islands a great stop for travelers looking for scenery but preferring to avoid large groups of tourists.
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve What would a trip to Australia be without experiencing indigenous wildlife? Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve offers travelers the chance to see a wide range of animals roaming free. A natural setting where emu, kangaroos, and koalas make their homes, Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve is a short drive from Warrnambool and is situated on the site of a dormant volcano. Ideal to visit in the late afternoon or at dusk, Tower Hill offers walkways for travelers intent on meandering through the reserve at their leisure. Guided tours prove more enlightening, as guides offer expert insights into wildlife, the surrounding flora, and fun local facts. Boomerang lessons are a highlight of an outing to Tower Hill.
Warrnambool Botanic Gardens Not far from the center of Warrnambool, you can make a trip to the Botanic Gardens with a car hire (easy to find on carhirewarrnambool.net.au, where they list all agencies in town). A lush oasis in an urban setting, the gardens are scenic and peaceful. They provide a great place to spend a few hours walking along paths, taking in a wide array of plants and trees. Family-friendly, children will enjoy the lake and the chance to feed ducks that paddle in its waters. Parents will enjoy the serenity of nature and the meticulously manicured trees and plants.